Top Ten Most Underrated Music Genres


The Top Ten

1 Classical

Classical is one of the most fundamental genres of music; the basis for all of the main ones today. It's complex mix of rhythm and notes makes for some of the most beautiful songs in existence. People need to work there way up to classical music. From the basics like pop to rock, then to more complex music like jazz and classical.

My explanation of why this is number 1: they inspired jazz artists which inspired early rock (Elvis, Chuck Berry etc) those inspired classic rock and so on. Basically if classical did not exist classic rock metal jazz blues wouldn't exist either.

I guess classical is just one of those genres that I have massive respect for, but don't like very much. As a guitarist, I an tell you this is one of the hardest genres to play. It is very technical and even I, a guitarist of four years, cannot play half of this genre. Classical deserves to be at the top.

Definitely one of the most underrated. I'm a huge metal head and even I like classical

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2 Progressive Metal

I can understand Classical at number 1 but ALTERNATIVE OVER PROG? No, just no. Prog is an underrated genre that deserves a listen. Or two. Or five. - MusicalPony

Bands such as Animals as Leaders and Dream Theatre play very technical, interesting music that really needs more recognition.

Prog metal is so technical, no one really appreciates how hard it is to play good prog.

Extremely technical and difficult to play.

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3 Jazz Jazz

If people actually tried to listen deeply to jazz and understand the artist and composers feelings they wouldn't hate. Everyone disses jazz but they don't even give it a bloody try, they conform to society like the rest of everyone else

Not everyone who hates jazz is a conformist. Personally I don't like Jazz because it doesn't suit my music taste. However, Jazz drumming is an aspect that I enjoy from time to time, being a drummer myself. Honestly, that's why jazz lacks popularity, it's a musicians music. You don't study music / play an instrument, you probably don't like jazz. - Azerix

Jazz is seriously underrated. A lot of young people just don't want to give it a shot. I mean, I'm not hating on Rap, Metal, Pop, Rock or any other popular genre, as a matter of fact I listen to every one of those, but it seems like that's all most people want to listen to and they don't want to expand on their taste. Why not try out jazz, classical, orchestra, blues, ambient, new age, electronic, or any other unique genre out there. Seriously, if you at least give some of them a try, I guarantee you'll find something you like. Shoot, I even listen to the music from ' Cirque du Soliel, and why? Because it sounds GREAT! - Mcgillacuddy

No one understands jazz, they think because no one listens to it that its not good. The chord structure and harmony and happiness is far superior to other genres like pop and heavy metal

Metal was one of the worst examples you could have just picked seeing as though it doesn't amount to the technicality of jazz but is also more technical than most genres. Try rock and roll or something. - Azerix

The fairly oddparents theme tune

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4 Progressive Rock Progressive Rock

If you haven't listened to Prog, you don't know what real music is. Prog Rock is great music, and should be liked more. Literally, Just listen to Genesis, Yes, Rush, King Crimson, Dream Theater, Jethro Tull, and you will enjoy Prog Rock. Some of my favorites include, Return of the Giant Hogweed (Genesis), Roundabout (Yes), 2112 (Rush), Thick as a Brick (Jethro Tull), Metropolis (Dream Theater), Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd), and Lamplight Symphony (Kansas).

It's so underrated that it's not even in the top ten in this list. Pink Floyd, Genesis, Yes, and Rush! It really can't get any better than that. It requires such talent to play progressive rock.

Glad to see this spectacular genre made it into the Top 10 at last. A very underrated and overlooked genre. Difficult to get into at first, but when you "acquire the taste" for it (if that made you think of a large red tongue, you have a great taste in music) it's extraordinarily addictive and expands your imagination in infinite directions.

Prog rock is awesome. I put it down because despite liking progressive rock and metal I find prog rock is slightly more underrated.

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5 Alternative Rock Alternative Rock

Alternative is overrated. Everyone is always obsessing about how under rated it is but if so many people love it so much then it is not alternative anymore, nor is it under rated.

Alternative rock is awesome think of hole I don't like courtney loves music but I can't say her band is bad. Other alternative rock bands are awesome!

Most of the people from my school don't know what is alternative music! They only care about pop and rap. - SamuiNeko

Nirvana is the most overrated alternative band ever, maybe the most overrated of aall time, but alternative is fine, - Lucretia

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6 Ambient

Really good for studying, and it get's your head in the game and motivated when you need it. Also ambient songs are really long so you never run out. Also most Ambient songs are really good.

7 Space Rock

Anyone ever heard of Pink Floyd?!

Nobody acknowledges how awesome space rock truly is! - HollyRolo

Pink Floyd, some of Tool's stuff, and Thirty Seconds To Mars' first album are all great space rock! - AngryByrd

The youth of this age are corrupted by crappy pop music! Space rock is where it's at! Listen to some Muse or Pink Floyd or 30 STM!

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8 Electronic

Would definitely say so. My favourite genre. So sad that people don't appreciate the genius behind it all that well. Electronic musicians really put a lot of thought and time into making unique and brilliant sounds. They are truly gifted in their genre. - PositronWildhawk

In my whole school and this is a highschool by the way we took a survey on what music genres we new and electronic was like only 100 something kids while there like 1000s of us there

Electronic musics are the most hard to make and requires some really good person and not like some other bloke out there just born and started singing

Except for dubstep, electronic music is really fun and a lot of songs and artists focus on the melody more than lyrics, making them really nice to hear.

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9 Chillstep

Hardly anyone knows what chillstep is. It's chillout/dubstep. And that may sound counter-intuitive, but it's incredible. The dubstep atmosphere is completely changed to give one an aural massage, and the result is often soothing, haunting and beautifully harmonic all at once. - PositronWildhawk

Okay this is actually one of my favorite genres because it's very relaxing and it can spark a listeners' imaginations - Mcgillacuddy

Chillstep is beautifully haunting and will send shivers down your spine

Chill out music mixed with Dubstep is so cool. - DynastiNoble

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10 Punk Rock Punk Rock Punk rock is a subgenre of rock music. It usually has rebellious lyrics and down stroked power chords played on guitars. Bad Religion, Sex Pistols, and Green Day (actually pop-punk, which is still punk in a way) are a few punk rock bands. The subgenre influenced thrash metal because of it's down stroked more.

Punk music is real, if people would listen to it, they'd realize that. Like my friend won't listen to anything other than bubble gum pop.

Me plays emo
Friend covers ears before a single chord is played
Me plays punk
Friend covers ears before anything is done
Me plays indie rock
Friend runs away
Me plays indie rap
Friend whines for half an hour
Me plays indie pop
Friend devotes all energy into not giving it a single chance

Punk music had these things called instruments, and real voices, and angst, meaning. - ToptenPizza

When someone says punk, people think of Green Day and Blink-182, which are fantastic bands but they are not true punk, so I find this genre somewhat underrated. - Gruunge

Punk rock isn't underrated - zxm

If there wasn't punk, there would be no metal or emo.

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The Contenders

11 Post-rock

I fell in love with this genre and I've been listening since short time ago

Post-rock is one of the best music genres.
Please check it out on 'the American dollar'.

"God Is an Astronaut, If These Trees Could Talk, Sigur Rós, Explosions in the Sky, Russian Circles, Long Distance Calling, 65daysofstatic, I Hear Sirens, Sleep Dealer" and many more... - Strobo

12 Technical Death Metal

Just like the other guy said, completely underrated. These guys are the most amazing musicians that you will ever see. They Incorporate blues, jazz and classical music into the style and take it further. Bias people always say it's noise. I would love to see them pick up the guitar or get behind the drum kit and play like these guys. Problem is, people are like sheep. They don't know what they are missing. They would rather not educate themselves and actually take the time to really listen to what each instrument is doing. Metal is the biggest genre of music in the world and people don't know that.

Who really loves technical death metal, not much people. Who realizes how much talent technical and metal reguire - Lucretia

13 Folk

No one of my friends listens Folk, so it's not quite easy to find new bands or songs... I wish there'd be more awareness for that genre, because it's the most peaceful, but energetic music I know. - stockiiii

Folk and folk rock both are underrated,only few artists are known - zxm

14 Ska

To be specific here, Ska actually came in the late 50's, and was the precursor to the more well-known reggae music. Ska is special because of its unique rhythm and the way the electric guitar is being played. I understand why some people might not like it, but that hatred towards such influential music is getting way too extreme.

Ska is amazing yet if people ask what music I like and I say Ska they always say "What's Ska? " Operation Ivy, Less Than Jake, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are amazing bands

Ska is just epic. Give it a listen, and you will smile. I suggest Suburban Legends and Reel Big Fish.

It truly is sad how few people know what ska even is. hopefully streetlight/botar and some other bands kick start a fourth wave and fast.

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15 Indie Rock

Indie rock is the absolute pinnacle of music, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, The Strokes, etc. Are just some of the big names in indie rock, it's huge worldwide (Arctic Monkeys are even the MOST popular band in Britain right now) yet a lot of people have never even HEARD of Indie Rock...

Fun., Imagine Dragons, and Arctic Monkeys are all indie rock...that doesn't do them popular favors. - WonkeyDude98

Imagine dragons, arctic monkeys, arcade fire, Kasabian, and more!

Indie rock is very very underrated. the artists can't even gather good crowds in their concerts - zxm

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16 Disco

Um, metal is amazing but this is just an awesome thing.

Disco is great!

Disco is definitely underrated and unappreciated! The songs are full of life, making me happy to be alive and move my feet to the instrumental music; it's a shame that Metal music and most of the fan base(referring to the type of fans that go and post "LOLZ DICCO sucks AZZ LITEN 2 METAL! 3! 1! " Or "Glad that dicco dyes, daer musuz is uh joke. Meatl or dye! &" Not that sane fans) I'll admit, I hate metal: the songs are overrated and too angry. And mainstream pop music is this a as terrible as meta

17 Rock and Roll Rock and Roll Rock music is a music genre that was created in the 1950s . The genre really got popular in the 60s, 70s and 80s . It generally consists of a guitar player, a drummer, bass player and singer . There are a lot of rock subgenres .

Barley any kids these days listen to it, which makes me sad. - Gruunge

If this about 50s rock n roll then yes its underrated.But if its about the Rock genres then it isn't underrated a bit. - zxm

I know so many different Rock n'Roll bands. They are amazing. They actually playinstruments and use their real voice.

Since there is no traditional or 80's metal, I guess this is the closest. Most underrated band of the 80's RATT, great musicanship, great songs, good writing. RATT 'N' ROLL...

18 House

Should be higher

My favorite. - blst0033

19 Dream Pop

This is so underrated. - DynastiNoble

20 Ambient Pop
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